Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy


If other treatments for lumbar disc herniation have failed, you may elect to undergo a minimally invasive lumbar discectomy (microdiscectomy). During this procedure, the surgeon will remove the part of the damaged disc in your lower back that is irritating the nerve. At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, we use only the best technology and the most up to date procedures to operate, ensuring a healing process that is as quick and painless as possible.

Benefits of Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

One of the most important benefits of this procedure is the fact that it requires minimal cutting or stripping away the muscles from the spine; rather, only a small incision is made and specialized equipment is used to access the affected area. As a result, you will be relieved of pain, numbness, or weakness that you are experiencing in the lower back, legs, buttocks, or hips due to your lumbar disc herniation. Because the herniated disc places undue pressure on the spinal nerves, minimally invasive lumbar discectomy will release this pressure to relieve the pain, numbness, and tingling.

About Minimally Invasive Lumbar Discectomy

This surgery requires just a small incision in your lower back near the damaged disc. Dr. Rovner will first gently remove the muscle from your bone to access the vertebrae that surround the disc. Then he will remove a small amount of the vertebral bone itself to gain access to the herniated disc. Finally, he will remove the part of the herniated disc that is causing irritation of the spinal nerve.

Recovering from Surgery

At Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics, we only use high quality, modern technology and the most up to date procedures. After a lumbar discectomy, most patients are able to return home the day of the surgery. Recovery time for this surgery usually takes from one to four weeks, though this time is entirely dependent upon your overall health as well as the location of the disc itself. During your recovery time, the nerve that was previously affected by the disc herniation should heal, gradually alleviating your pain.

After you come out of surgery, you will, of course, receive more detailed instructions from Dr. Rovner. This is also a great time to ask questions about what you should do and expect throughout the recovery process. You will also be scheduled for any post-surgery consultations that will be necessary.

About Dr. Rovner

Dr. Joshua Rovner, a board-certified spinal surgeon, will always be available to assist you throughout the process. He will help you choose your treatment plan and support you as you recover through physical therapy and other aspects of your treatment plan. For more information about spinal surgery from Progressive Spine & Orthopaedics or to request a consultation with Dr. Rovner, contact us today at (201) 227-1299.